Dugout Discussion

Chilwell benched again and Zouma missing entirely as James makes line-up return

The final fixture of Gameweek 22 sees Jose Mourinho face another rematch against his former employers, as Tottenham Hotspur entertain Chelsea.

Kick-off in north London is at 20:00 GMT.

This is the third game of the Thomas Tuchel era for the Blues and the early volatility of his team selections has given way to something more settled, with the German making only one alteration from Gameweek 21.

Reece James makes his first start under his new manager, replacing Olivier Giroud.

That will prompt a tactical reshuffle to accommodate the returning wing-back, with Callum Hudson-Odoi presumably moving into a front three alongside Timo Werner and Mason Mount.

Ben Chilwell is again only among the substitutes, with Marcos Alonso starting down the left flank.

Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic and Tammy Abraham are also on the bench but there is no place in the squad for Kai Havertz or Kurt Zouma, both of whom had been injury doubts.

Mourinho, who is once again without injured striker Harry Kane, makes three changes from the Spurs team that began the 1-0 loss to Brighton on Sunday.

Serge Aurier, Eric Dier and Carlos Vinicius are recalled to the starting XI, with Joe Rodon, Davinson Sanchez and Gareth Bale making way.

Only Kane was sold by more Fantasy Premier League managers than Son Heung-min in the run-up to Gameweek 22, with the Korean blanking for the fifth time in seven matches in that dismal defeat at the Amex.

The reverse fixture of this game finished goalless, with Hugo Lloris collecting maximum bonus en route to a double-digit haul.


Tottenham Hotspur XI: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Dier, Davies, Hojbjerg, Ndombele, Sissoko, Son, Bergwijn, Vinicius.

Chelsea XI: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger, James, Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso, Mount, Werner.

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1,112 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    LoL @ Dier's ball control

    1. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      It's Dier

  2. Paulie Walnuts
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Rude Digger likely to keep his place long term?

    1. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Tuchel wanted to buy him

    2. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Played every game so fee under Tuchel. Don't see why not. Tilva picking up an injury as well

      1. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        So far *

    3. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Yes bringing him after game to replace one of Dias, Stones, and Cancelo.

    4. Paulie Walnuts
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Cheers guys

    5. Bram
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Zouma has been injured though is the unknown but if Tilva is long out ..

  3. Daniel - When to BB?
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Morinho is really good at holding this 1:0 defeats 😀

    1. ivantys
        2 months, 16 days ago

        All about minimising defeats

    2. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Everyone forgetting the Zambian Witch Doctor cursing Son? He’s 3/3 so far

      1. The Senate
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        I'm actually thinking about selling him

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Me too, has to go imo

    3. The Senate
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      so has Chelsea's defence been strong, Spurs' attack been rubbish, or both?

      1. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Spurs' attack is non-existent.

      2. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Both

      3. Big_Andy_GAWA
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Mostly the latter...

      4. Jimmers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Spurs no threat at all

      5. DickFranDyke
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Tough question.

    4. George Agdgdgwngo
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Was planning on doing Watkins to Antonio tonight.

      Been a mental day at work, so haven’t caught up with the dgw info.

      Should I get Antonio or focus on dgw attackers? (Already have DCL & Bamford)

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Get Antonio then

      2. One of Those Days
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Same here

    5. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      We really need United not to have a GW26 double. It will spice things up

      1. Jimmers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        You fancy WHam to beat them in the Cup then?

        1. Daniel - When to BB?
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Hope so

    6. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Bench one this week

      A. Cancelo vs Liverpool (A)
      B. Maguire vs Everton (H)
      C. Mee vs Brighton (H)
      D. Coufal vs Fulham (A)

      1. Flynny
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        C or d

      2. One of Those Days
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Ci

      3. Niho992
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        B

      4. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Cheers everyone

    7. Finding Timo
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Guys will Bowen play at the weekend?cheers

        1. DickFranDyke
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Moyes said yes.

          1. Finding Timo
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Cheers when did he say that ?

        2. Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Which Chelsea defender should I get?

          1. The Invincibles
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Alonso

        3. alexh87
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Any ideas here? Really struggling. 2 fts. 5.6 itb.

          Mccarthy Martinez
          Justin Dias Stones Dallas Creswell
          Salah Gundo Soucek Barnes Bruno
          Bamford DCL Wilson

          1. Bagheri Arce
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            McCarthy to Pope?

          2. The Invincibles
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Wilson to Antonio.

        4. KEVIN DE CLAUS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 16 days ago

          How does Son look? Lost at sea?

          1. Pep Roulette
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Asian

          2. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Like a puppy lost in New York

          3. waldo666
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            That's being kind.

          4. Jimmers
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            A son without his Dad

        5. Flynny
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Hi...can I have some help on what to do here? 2fts but only want to use 1. Played bb and want to save wildcard

          Thoughts on Johnstone to pope? This would mean Benching martinez this week and for the double. Coufal covers Chilwell if he doesn't play at weekend

          Then Chilwell to digne gw24?

          Thanks

          Martinez (Johnstone)
          Cancelo dallas chilwell (coufal dias)
          Salah bruno (c) grealish gundog soucek
          Antonio watkins (dcl)

        6. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 16 days ago

          How is Vinicius looking?

          Thinking of getting him in for wba

          1. Flynny
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Don't

          2. DickFranDyke
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Brazilian

          3. ivantys
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Can consider him for Fantasy Europe League.

            • JONALDINHO
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Short Black Hair with a skin fade. White top brown eyes.

            • Bram
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Spurs look awful - Kane back in a week probably

          4. MGD
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Son do something literally crying how crap spurs are atm

            1. Kiwivillan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Have him 1st sub for a reason

            2. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Literally? You'll be okay bud.

              1. MGD
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Haha no not really ...

                Pretty close to 100, a Son haul wouldave been nice. Great differential as well

          5. FPL Kaka
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Why is wildcarding now a bad idea again?

            1. UNDERWORLD7
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Because we don’t know who plays in DGW 26

            2. DickFranDyke
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Didn't know it was a bad idea?

            3. Kiwivillan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Means bad team atm

          6. JONALDINHO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Another Mourinho masterclass limiting Chelsea to 1 goal

          7. fcsaltyballs
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            1. Ferguson >> AWB / Shaw (with BB26 in mind) play over Robbo
            2. Raphinha / Soucek >> Son
            3. Save FT (play Coufal over Robbo)

            Best option?

            1. DickFranDyke
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Same response as last time - 4. Forster to Pope

            2. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Ferguson 😮

              Maybe 3 and attack the doubles.

              1. fcsaltyballs
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                I know right haha

            3. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Have you seen the latest double game announcements? I wouldn't be getting rid of Raphinha and I would be using my FTs in preparation of the DGW24 and 25

              1. fcsaltyballs
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                What do you recommend sir?

          8. FPL Kaka
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            When are we likely to find out who plays in DGW26?

            1. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              After FA cup round 5 next week

            2. Homer21
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              After next round FA cup

            3. djman102
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              We'll likely know some time during GW24.

          9. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Who are Son owners getting off the bench?

            1. MGD
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Hehe

          10. Niho992
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Who is more likely to have DGW 26 Villa or Leicester?

          11. Spoox777
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Who to play please?
            Gündogan vs LIV
            or
            Saka vs AVL

            Thank you

            1. Kiwivillan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Both. What is full team

              1. Spoox777
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Salah / Son / Fernandes / Gündogan / Saka
                Bamford / DCL / Watkins

            2. The Invincibles
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Gundo

          12. rokonto
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Linguard worth getting in?

            1. waldo666
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              He was great but gotta see it in more than one match, far too much of a punt for mine at this point in time.

            2. DickFranDyke
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Not yet

          13. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Was planning on capping Son, Antonio or Bruno next GW. 1 is officially out of the mix.

            1. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Antonio should be exciting at least.

              No doubt the game he’ll do his hammy early on...

          14. jcr1997
              2 months, 16 days ago

              McCarthy
              Dias Dier Coufal
              Son Bruno Grealish Foden
              Lacazette Bamford Antonio

              Stefan, Targett, Neto, Williams

              Hold FT? Or any clear transfers?

              Not liking spurs players at the moment but West Brom (h) next so points up for grab

              1. Spoox777
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Hold.
                Keep Son for WBA

            • Gemma817
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Cancelo worth a hit in DGW 24? Or is it almost certain that he'll be rotated 🙁

                1. Mufc202020
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  I imagine he will be rotated

              • Mufc202020
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Is there even a good Burnley player to get for the DGW?

                1. Gemma817
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    Pope

                  • Eh, just one more thing ...
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    Only Pope imo.

                  • Rainer
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    Defender/Pope.

                  • jcr1997
                      2 months, 16 days ago

                      Mee

                    • DickFranDyke
                      • 11 Years
                      2 months, 16 days ago

                      The Pope

                    • No Professionals
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 16 days ago

                      Pope

                    • Tonyawesome69 FHXX
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 16 days ago

                      Pope and budget def Lowton

                  • Niho992
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    Bottomed. Help me here lads.

                    I would bench Mee this GW probably

                    Would you do this for -4 ?

                    Balbuena, Davies and Salah to Mee, Antonio and Grealish.

                    I would bench DCL in that case, but also i would rid of 2 fodders, and prepare for bench boost in DGW 26 and also save WC for later in the season ?

                    Also, Mee, Antonio and Grealish should have DGW 26 also

                  • Rash
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    Anyone considering Eze with palace good fixtures?

                    1. DickFranDyke
                      • 11 Years
                      2 months, 16 days ago

                      Nope,not with the midfield choice available

                    2. Kiwivillan
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 16 days ago

                      No happy with current mid other players I'd rather have and Palace aren't reliable

                    3. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 16 days ago

                      No, too many good midfield options

                  • jdp219
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    My H2H and Cup ties could use a goal by anyone but Son. That CS wiped would be lovely.

                    (but I probably just jinxed it)